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Truck crashes into Jordan River

(Mark Wetzel, KSL TV)


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WEST VALLEY CITY — Three people suffered minor injuries Sunday after their vehicles collided head-on, sending one down a 20-foot embankment into the Jordan River.

"Amazingly (only minor injuries). I was surprised myself," West Valley Police Sgt. Trudy Kropper said.

Just before 4 p.m., a car traveling west on 3300 South crossed over all westbound lanes and entered the eastbound lanes near 1150 West before hitting a pickup truck head-on, Kropper said.

"The truck then went over the bridge into the Jordan River. The front of the truck is in the river. The driver was able to get out before we arrived," she said. "It looks like it kind of went over the barrier then it went down the hill."

The truck rolled about 20 feet down in an embankment before the front end went in the water. The driver of the truck was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, as was a 10-year-old in the passenger seat of the other vehicle, Kropper said. The female driver of first car was not hurt.

"It wasn't snowing or icy at the time. Just sounds like the car for some reason veered across all lanes. We think the driver may have been distracted, but we don't know why the driver was distracted," she said.

Possible citations or charges against the driver believed to have caused the accident were pending Sunday evening.

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